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Long Live the Kings - As Creators of CBS's 'The Good Wife'
May 6, 2015  | By David Bianculli
 

CBS’s The Good Wife is a TV rarity: a drama series that seems to get even better as it gets older. The Season 6 finale arrives Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, today [Wednesday, May 6] I interview the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King, on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross…

One thing we talked about, that didn’t make the final cut of the interview, was the beautiful symmetry of the recent episode in which Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) was at the podium at a press conference, while her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), stood nearby in silent support.

It was a perfect role-reversal mirror image of the opening scene in The Good Wife premiere six years earlier, when Noth’s Peter Florrick resigned his political post in disgrace as Alicia looked on, like a “good wife.” And even the way the Florricks approached that grim moment – walking hand-in-hand, silently, as they worked their way through the backstage maze of corridors and photographers – was echoed precisely in this recent episode.

I couldn’t imagine that, when Robert and Michelle King began the series, they were thinking that far ahead – and they admitted they weren’t. But once they got the idea, they went back to the series pilot, to be able to frame it that way intentionally. So kudos for that – as well as for everything else about the drama series I consider the best show on broadcast TV right now.

To hear my interview with Robert and Michelle King, go to the Fresh Air website. And while you’re there, stick around – because also on today’s show, one of the Fresh Air producers, Sam Briger, conducts another TV-related interview about another quality drama series: AMC’s The Walking Dead.

And wait until you hear the scene where the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey dispatches a zombie in a hypothetical crossover show…

 
 
 
 
 
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